GALLUP: ONE IN THREE AMERICANS BELIEVES IN GHOSTS...
Great Caesar's Ghost! Gallup finds 1 in 3 Americans Believe Houses Can Be Haunted
Published: July 12, 2005 1:15 PM ET
NEW YORK Gallup reports today that its latest poll found that one in three Americans “believe in ghosts.” The numbers: 32% of all adults say they believe that “ghosts/spirits of dead people can come back,” while 48% do not, and 19% are unsure.
An even larger number of Americans believe that houses can be haunted, with 37% holding that position, 46% saying no, and 16% not sure.
There's an ideological twist, with 42% of liberals saying they believe in ghosts--but only 25% of conservatives and 35% of moderates saying this.
Belief in ghosts declines with age, with 45 of those 18 to 29 sticking to that, while only 22% of those 65 and over holding that view.
The poll was based on interviews with 1,002 adults, with a plus or minus 3% sampling error.
I've always found old pictures like this one to be very clever in how the dead are represented, and if they weren't so easily faked would be a fantastic piece of evidence to prove the existence of ghosts.